Mermen Live at Great American Music Hall on 2003-01-03
The Drowning Man Knows His God -->
With No Definite Future...
Pull of the Moon
Ghost Riders in the Sky * -->
Emmylou Rides Clarence West and Then South *
The Whales * -->
Bondage of the Sea
The Intractable Boy
To Be Naked and French Is Always Hard
Jungle Rot *
Jim Thomas: guitar
Jennifer Burnes: bass
Martyn Jones: drums
*with That One Guy on pipe and saw
Subject: Mermen rule1
Subject: The real deal
Subject: Surf's Up and It's Melting!
The onstage mics give you that right-there feeling. I've listened the first time in a high background noise setting and the music punched right through.
This being my first exposure to the Mermen, I can't say how this particular show or recording stacks up against others of theirs, but I will say it is prompting me to check the band out some more!
Later followup: On further listening, I really appreciate how these folks meld the surf sound with the other classic "San Francisco" sound. For a good sampler of how they go about it, get d2t1,2 (The Whales > Curve).